ARL is all about FUN.

*Registration for the 2020 ARL season is open:!

The Adult Rowing League (ARL) crews meet once a week on weekday evenings in May, June and July.

Each participant chooses whether they wish to practice on Tuesday OR Wednesday OR Thursday nights. Based on your preference, we’ll assign you to a crew, a boat and coaches. Let us know when you register if there are others you wish to row with.  Six weekly practices are held starting in May (Tuesdays or Wednesdays or Thursdays at 6:00pm). Practices will be designed to get you ready for July race nights! They will include dry land and on the water lessons to teach you rowing basics including safety, terminology and proper form.

In July, all crews meet on Thursday evenings (6:00pm) for races – some 200 rowers! Races are 800m in length, running in front of the boathouse from Parliament Hill to the Macdonald-Cartier Bridge. An announcer calls the races, the BBQ is on and the bar is open.

All practices and race nights take place at the stunning ORC boathouses located at 10 Lady Grey Drive, right along the Ottawa River.

Previous experience required:

 Suitable for ‘never rowed’, novice or experienced rower as registrants are placed with compatible crews.

Ages: 18+ years

2020 Adult Rowing League Program Dates

    • ARL Introduction and Q&A Night – Thursday, May 14 – 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm

      Practice Nights 2020

    • Tuesday ARL – May 19, 26, June 2, 9, 16, 23; practices are 6:00 pm to 8:30 pm (rain date June 29)
    • Wednesday ARL – May 20, 27, June 3, 10, 17, 24; practices are 6:00pm to 8:30 pm (rain date June 30)
    • Thursday ARL – May 21, 28, June 4, 11, 18, 25; practices are 6:00 pm to 8:30 pm (rain date July 2)

Race Nights 2020

        • July 9, 16 and 23; all races nights at 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm

Adult Rowing League


Program fee does not include HST.  Program fee does not include Rowing Canada and RowOntario association fee of $52.87, which must be paid when registering.

Things to Consider

Come prepared to exercise. Loose fitting clothing can be a problem in the boats; wear snug shorts or tights.
  • You won’t be rowing all of the time. Bring a layer to keep you warm on the water.
  • Wearing rings is uncomfortable. We have lockers (no locks), but it’s best to leave your jewelry at home.
  • Rowing is thirsty work – don’t forget to bring water.
  • If you ride or drive there are spots to lock up your bike and park your car at the Club.
  • For more information about Adult Rowing League and group rates please contact
  • Weather

    Rowing is only fun when it’s safe. If the weather is too rough, we may have to reschedule a session to one of our rain dates or make alternate arrangements.
  • Don’t guess!  Come down to the club as scheduled. If the water is good and you don’t come, you’ll miss your practice.